Faculty and Leadership
John Mark Reynolds
President and Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Reynolds is a Fellow of the Center For Science and Culture at The Discovery Institute. He is the former provost of Houston Baptist University and was the founder and director of the Torrey Honors Institute, the Socratic, great books-centered honors program at Biola University. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Rochester, where he wrote his dissertation analyzing cosmology and psychology in Plato’s Timaeus. Dr. Reynolds is the author of numerous books, including When Athens Met Jerusalem: an Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought and is the editor of The Great Books Reader. He is a frequent blogger and lecturer on a wide range of topics including ancient philosophy, classical and home education, politics, faith, and virtue.
Provost and Professor of American History and Government
Dr. Stacey is the former Associate Provost at Houston Baptist University, and was the first Dean of the HBU Honors College. Prior to HBU, Dr. Stacey served as Associate Professor in Regent University’s Robertson School of Government and as founding Chairman of the Department of Government at Patrick Henry College. He has taught courses in Presidential Studies, National Security, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, and Political Theory. His current research focuses on the inherent tension between liberty and security and how these two vital interests can be balanced in an age of modern terrorism. His previous publications include Sir William Blackstone and Common Law, in addition to a host of articles and reviews on topics ranging from intelligence oversight to presidential elections. He received his Ph.D. in Government at the University of Virginia in 1998.
Assistant Professor of Great Texts
Dr. Bartel is a husband, father, writer, and educator originally from California. He holds a PhD in Divinity from the University of St. Andrews and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. His written work has appeared in many periodicals, including Christianity and Literature, Pilgrimage, Saint Katherine Review, Relief, The Other Journal, Transpositions, and Windhover, and he has recently contributed chapters to Last Things: Ends and Endings in Literature and Theology (Peter Lang, 2015) and Joss Whedon and Religion (MacFarland, 2013). He has published two collections of poems, The Martyr, The Grizzly, The Gold (Damascene Press, 2012), and Arroyos: Sijo and Other Poems (Mariscat Press, 2015), which was named a “Book of 2015” by the Scottish Poetry Library. He is one of the founding faculty members of The College at The Saint Constantine School, helping shape the writing and literature curriculum.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Melissa Neacsu has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with departmental honors from the University of Oregon and the Donald Clark Honors College. She has taught lab classes in Statistics for Business Majors, College Algebra, and General Math at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. She is the author, alongside Dr. Shlomo Libeskind, of the text Non-Euclidean Geometry Topics to Accompany Euclidean and Transformational Geometry, a supplemental geometry text that has been used at the University of Georgia.
Director of Admissions
Jayne Meyncke holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Houston Baptist University and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities English from Biola University where she is also a perpetual member of the Torrey Honors Institute.